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heath. He, poor fellow, was likewise She is, as I told you, but six years forbid the house, because according to younger than myself: yet she dresses, mny directions, he made my cloaths to fit dances, and drives as if she was but easy. A more fashionable operator was

five and twenty. charged with preparing a new suit with This however, and much more, I gold button-holes. He made them to could bear-I deserve it:-I am content it so exactly, that I dare not bring my she shall consume six and thirty yards hands to meet before me for fear of lay more than my old maid Hester in the ing open my spinal bone.

spinnings of her gown-she may play a My hat is not to be fapp'd any more,

shilling a fish at quadrille ; she may do, even though the sun shines full in my aye, she may do what she pleases, let face.--I am no longer suffered to wash me have but my study to myself; let my my face, according to custom, every night-cap and my slippers be restored, morning at the pump in my back yard, and I will submit to wear the new coat though nothing was more refreshing; and the wig every Sunday. por any thing more handy, than the I am, Sir, your much distressed, contowel which revolved on a roller at the fused, humble Servant, back of the kitchen door.

Benedict Blister, On my return home the other day from visiting a patient, I found the maid had

P.S. I long to take poor Jonas again,

he used always to ride before me; and, set my study to rights, as she called it: but the confusion which the regularity

drunk or sober, he knew the shortest has occasioned, is almost inconceivable. it whether one's footman wears a wig or

way all over the country. What signifies My toe-pin, my shoeing-horn, and tobacco-stopper,are lost for ever: my papers either my boots or his own.

his own hair? 'Tis true he never blacked. are disposed in such order, that I know not where to recur to any thing I want.

Two pair of old Manchester velvet breeches, which I left on the back of a

Epigrams. chair

, have disappeared; and instead of the

Easy slippers which I had made out of an old pair of shoes, by cutting the straps off, I found a new pair, of red

FROM THE FRENCH. leather, adorned with white stitches LET him who hates dancing, ne'er go to a round the edges, and made so neat, that I can't bear to walk in them.

Nor him to the ocean, whom dangers appal; My woollen night-cap is condemned, Nor him to a feast, who already has dina in

Nor him to the court, who will speak out company

my brown hose, to the

his mind.
vile purpose of rubbing the grates and

TYRO. fenders; and my wife insists that I wear one of linen, flounced on all sides, and adorned with a black ribband, which

A SIMILE. rying together the aperture within an The lofty oak from a small acorn grows, inch and a half of the top, carelessly And to the heav'ns ascends with spreading flows down on the side. I took such a boughs; violent cold the first night, that it brought Asyears increase it shades the extended plain, a defluxion of humours into my right Then, big with death and vengeance, ploughs eye, which very nearly deprived me of Hence rises fame, and safety to our shore, sight.

Andfrom an acorn springs Britannia's power. The staircase and stones are all waxed; it saves the expense of mops indeed; but I have such falls, that I have almost dis

DELIVERANCE. located every joint about me.

My neck is stretched out in such a From list'ners, spies, th'informer, and the manner,that I am apprehensive of having knave, my throat cut with the pasteboard.

Th’ unmeaning coxcomb pert, and pedant When I remonstrate on any of these

From sycophants, the flatterer, and the sot, articles

, she stops my mouth by a kiss, The treach rous friend, fanatic,and what not? and says-my dear angel-we must have From modern rhimers, punsters, politicians, some little regard to appearances.

Reviewers,quacks,impostors, and musicians,


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From horns, a sullen wife, and duns tre When pageantry, and pomp, and pride, mendous,

Are but a garment laid aside;"Angels, and ministers of grace, defend And but for virtue, every King, -.

Like this,-a mute, unhonour'd thing. Porcester, written in June, 1768.


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Sacred to the memory
Of a Professor of Music, who died for want;
Sharing the fate of those worthies, his

('Too long a list to be here enumerated)
That have perished through the neglect of

Whom they have delighted and instructed.

Here lies th' unhonour'd, nameless thing,
That had it lir'd, had been a King :
Full moulded by th' Eternal hand,
For breath, for reason, for command;
Once, by its rank, its form design'd
A Monarch, an immortal mind:
But, with some view man cannot sift,
High Heav'n withdrew the tender'd gift,
And with a ban-0! doubtless right,-
Condemn'd him ne'er to see the light!

No sceptre fill'd his tiny hand;
His robe is but a swaddling-band;
His lowly crown-the wool-wov'n frill;
His reign-'tis here:-all dark and still!

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Jf native talent charm thee,
The subject of these Lines possess'd it.
His compositions were the result of nature

Unbiass'd by the dogmas of schools,
And unshackled by the rules of art;

Yet thus rarely gifted,
Admired by all, particularly by the ladies,
And especially by his mistress,-

(For he had one.)

(Which, like the sensative plant)
Enhances admiration whilst it appears

recede from it,)

Still marked his character;
And (a lesson for the professors of fancied

He disdained not the productions of others

of his profession,

But sang them occasionally,
And, not blinded by self-love, it is doubtful

But he prized them equally.
In his manners, he was to his friends
Courteous without affectation, aud familiar

without rudeness ;
And though he possess'd no sort of religion,
His gratitude for Nature's blessings

And admiration of her works,
Proved he could not be an atheist.

To sum up his character,
He was a tame linnet, who piped the tunes
taught him by a bird organ, and the glass

which contained his seed, not being
properly adjusted, he was found

dead in his cage, May 15th.

0.9 who can tell, in wisdom school'd
"Twere better to have liv'd and ruld;
To feel th' unnumber'd anxious cares
That press each brow the crown that wears;
Suspected hate, and dreaded scorn,
That turn each jewel to a thorn;
While thousands round the footstool bend,
To stand too high to have a friend;
To know not whom to trust; to fear
Each proffer'd service insincere;
To be the statesman's plaything made,
To be caress'd to be betray'd;
Of each substantial joy bereav'd,
Cajold, hail'd, flatter'd, and deceived;
With faults-expos'd and magnified,
With virtues-oft, too oft, denied ;-
Perhaps, to injure, to oppress;
To joy in war, to spread distress;
To play th' unfeeling tyrant's part,
To own the selfish, sensual heart,
The passions all without control
The giv'n and then, the squander'd soul?
0! woe-fraught life! O blest release !--
Sleep, still-born infant,-sleep in peace !

Perhaps, on holier, happier ground,
(For who th’ Eternal's pow'r shall bound?)
Further than furthest comets run,
The mother yet may clasp her son,
And say,

Behold me, King of Hear'n;
“ Me, and the infant thon hast giv'n!
“ Behold us cast before thy throne
“Our brightcr crowns: receive thinc owa."

We know not:--but there speeds an hour
When fades to dust terrestrial pow'r;-
Whica many a sceptrid mass of clay
May wish he ne'er had seen the day ;-

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01 Mrs. Jane Nicholls, who departed this life
January 2d. 1891, in the 741h year of her age,
and inhumcted on the 121k following, in the
new burying ground belonging to $1

. Gilers
Parish, a few paces north from the Cerotupa
to the memory of Mrs. Soams.

Sic vita est Hominum."

Titles may charm the vain, inglorious mind,
'But what are these, the soul to virtue blind?

But gilded flies upon a worthless thorn, king goes to the queen,) the Count BenaOr rays that gleam above a wintry morn. vente with his majesty's sword, to be When all beneath presents a gloomy scene

loaded with a pot de chambre and night Sterile of good, to cheer the drooping mein: The corse below in animation's hour,

lamp, which last I generally spill upon Had more to claimthan vain inglorious pow'r; my clothes, that is then indeed too vexThe greatest ornaments of human life, atious. If in the morning I did not The tender Parent ! and the faithful Wife!

draw open the king's curtains, I really Patience was her's in every stage of ill, believe he would never get up, for no And resignation to her Maker's will; For others wrongs she always had a tear,

person besides myself must dare to enter Her friendship ardent! lasting!

and sincere, the bed chamber, whilst the king is in bed Till Heav’n uprais'd her from this world of with the queen. Lately the night lamp woe,

went out, for I had spilled half the oil; To find that bliss the good alone can know, I could not find the window, and almost The Husband writes these lines upon the crushed my nose to pieces against the

stone, To teach that worth which dignifies a throne! wall: the king got up, we tapped about

for half a quarter of an hour, and someT.N.

times gave each other pokes in the ribs # Death is the fate of all that live. at the window. His majesty I am st

much in favour with, that he sometimes makes me come to his bed, even two

hours before day, to talk with him. The Humour.

queen, it is true, takes a share in this pastime, but I have never been able to

instil into her so much confidence, as she COURT SERVICE.

grants to her Piedmontese chamber-maid.

That surprises me, for I serve her better The favorites of princes would seldom than she does, and I am certain, that be envied, if it were always known how I wash her feet, and draw on her stockdearly they sometimes purchased their ings, &c. &c. the best and the quickest.” good fortune. The princess Ursini, that It must be confessed, that the price with celebrated woman who once played so which the princess purchased the royal brilliant a part in Spain, describes very favour, would be for many too high. amusingly in a letter to the Marshal Noailles, all the burthens that were united with her situation. It must be

Hymns. remembered that she was a woman of elevated birth, and still more elevated spirit, how great then will be the asto I saw the virtuous man contend nishment at the humility to which an un

With life's unnumber'd woes, bridled ambition submitted, when she

And he was poor-without a friend, looked upon it, as the means of attaining

Press’d by a thousand foes. her purpose;

I saw, too, Passion's pliant slave, “Good God! what have they made

In gallant time and gay:

His course was pleasure's placid wave, of me? I enjoy not the least rest, and

His life a summer's day. have scarcely a moment to speak to my

And I was caught in Folly's snare, secretary. I must not even think of en

And join'd her giddy train : joying the secsta, or of eating when I am But found her soon the nurse of care, hungry. I must be glad, when in flight, And punishment, and pain. Ican swallow down a couple of bits; and There surely is some guiding Power, even this is not enough, for I am often Which rightly suffers wrong, called, when I have only just sat down Gives Vice to bloom its little hour, to table. Really Madame de Maintenon But Virtue late and long. would laugh, if she was made acquainted with all the little details of my services. For I am she, who has the honor to re

Inscriptions. ceive the king's night gown when he gets into bed, and to give him the same

ANECDOTE OF AN ARABIAN. again, together with his slippers, when he gets up. This might do well enough.' Almansur, a noble and rich Arab, ate, But that, on every evening, (when the drank, gamed, and wallowed in all kinds

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of luxury. One day, as he was tortured ecclesiastics. A young gentleman who with ennui, and aitacked with disgust lodged in an attic, and was their close and loathing, he conceived the strange neighbour, frequently entertained himwhim of visiting all the graves of his self with thinning this covey of black forefathers. He descended into the game, by means of a cross-bow. On tombs, aud wandered among the moul- the opposite side lived a curious old cividering bones, not with the serious lian, who, observing from his study that thoughts that one day even his ashes the rooks often dropt senseless from their would be mixed with their's, but with the perch, no sign being made to his vision ideas of a voluptuary:

That here it was to account for the phenomenon, set his delightfully cool, and excellently adapted wits to work to consider the cause. It to promote the business of digestion.was probably during a profitless time

Suddenly his attention was attracted of peace, and the doctor, having by a half obliterated inscription: In plenty of leisure, weighed the matthis grave," so it imported, « lies a much ter over and over till he was at length greater treasure than was ever possessed by satisfied that he had made a great Cræsus.Almansur, whose riches were ornithological discovery. He actually pretty well exhausted, with joyful eager- wrote a treutise, stating circumstantially ness ordered the grave to be immediately what he himself had seen, and in conopened, and he found a handful of dust clusion giving it as the settled convicunder a marble tablet, on which were tion of his mind, that rooks were subject engraven the following words:

to epilepsy.
« Blind nortell, when thou profanest
this vault with daring hanı, know that

THE SALAMANDER, - I went last a treasure that even Cræsus himself never evening with many others, by polite inpossessed."

vitation from Monsieur Chabert, 10 see him perform his fiery experiments. From the number of Artists who were seated

around me, I have little doubt but that Miscellanies.

this foreign Salamander invited the Royal Academy of Arts, supposing it

to be the Royal Society, or some other PORTRAIT.. Could you not give a

Academy of Science. What a mistake! little expression to that countenance ? It may be sufficiently incredible, if I said a gentleman to an eminent painter, add, that he actually went through the who shewed him a portrait that he had following warm work with the utmost just finished; I have made that attempt coolness. He put his naked fist into already, replied the painter, but, what melted lead; he swallowed two table the picture gained in expression, it lost spoonsful of boiling oil, and bathed in likeness; and by the time there was a

his hands and face in the same; he little common sense in the countenance,

melted sealing wax, letting it drop fanobody knew for whom it was intended. ming on his tongue, whence two gentleI was obliged, therefore, to make an men took impressions of their seals; entire new picture, with the face per

and after various other experiments

, he fectly like, and perfectly unmeaning as

finished by eating five fair-mouthfuls of lighted torch, wax, tow, and all, as if it were sallad.--Your constant Reader,

VERITAS. A LEARNED DISCOURSE.---Among Friday Morning, Feb. 27, 1818. the discoveries of the learned which have amused mankind, the following instance merits a conspicuous rank.--Some years ago there were several large COUNSELLOR Grady, on a late trial elm-trees in the College-Garden, behind in Ireland, said, he recollected to have the Ecclesiastical Court, Doctor's Com- heard of a relentless Judge; he was mons, in which a number of rooks had known by the name of the hanging taken up their abode, forming in ap- Judge, and was never seen to shed a pearance a sort of convocation of aerial tear but once, and that was during the

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representation of the Beggar's Opera, In Spain and Portugal

10,000 when Macheath got a reprieve.

In the United States

3000 In the Mahommedan States

of Asia, Europe, and Africa 4,000,000 MUSICAL TASTE. --- A Lady, after In Persia and the rest of Asia, performing with the most brilliant exe including China and India 500,000 cution, a Sonata on the piano-forte, in the presence of Dr. Johnson, turning to

Total 6,598,000 the philosopher, took the liberty of asking him if he was fond of music? “No, Madam,” replied the doctor “ but of

THERE is a case now in Chancery in all noises, I think music is the least dis

which the executors of a person lately agreeable.”

deceased resist the payment of a doc

tor's bill, partly on the ground of its PERVERSION OF TERMS. When enormous amount. The following items a lady is muftled up to the throat, and read in Court certainly shew an uncomher arms thrust into sacks like bishop's mon fondness for physic in the deceased : sleeves, she calls herself undressed; and --- Fifteen visits in the day-time, and when she is said to be full-dressed, she nine visits at night, at a guinea each bas scarcely any covering at all.

time; five thousand seven hundred and

twenty-eight draughts; one hundred and DIED, in the parish of Aiglish, in the

sirty-eight mixtures; one hundred and vicinity of Killarney, at the very ad

nineteen bolusses ; sixty-eight lotions ; sevanced age of 115 years, Theodore venty-eight liniaments; tuo hundred and O'Sullivan, the celebrated Irish Bard. fifty-eight boxes of pills and other doses This extraordinary man


of various descriptions to the amount of a gre it composer in his native lan seven hundred! guage, expired suddenly Wednesday last, whilst sowing oats

in the field of one of his great grand

Sonnets. children, and retaining his faculties to the last moment! He is said to have şung to the plough one of his favorite lyrics, and actually breathed his last at the On the Deuth of SPRIGGINS, a favourite Cai, final stanza of his national melody.

aged 16

years. The deceased also followed the occupa- Spriggins, thy sorrowing mistress drops a tion of a cooper, and is said to have tvar,

And much laments she ne'er again shall see made a churn, from which butter was

Thee frisk about with grave agility, taken for the christening of liis 26th And on thy hind supporters proudly rear great grand-child.

Thy supplé form-Alas ! thou dost appear

Á poor and loathsome corpse, unfit to be

Before the eyes of fair humanity, JEWS.---In a Tract lately published at Which cannot need an object so severe, Paris by M. Bail, the following is given Unless percbancethesightofdeathshouldbring as a fair calculation of the number of Even in the shape of a four-footed thing Jews at the different quarters of the

Reflection to the mind ? ---farewell kind

brute; globe

My soul is dispossessed of all its mirth, In all parts of Poland, before

And every feeling shaken to the root, the partition of 1772 1,000,000 To see my fellow-animal thus turn'd to In Russia, including Molda


M.R.S. via and Wallachia

200,000 Io all the States in which the

German language is spoken 500,000

In llolland & the Netherlands 80,000
In Sweden and Denmark. 5,000


50,000 The poetry of earth is never dead :

When all the birds are faint withthe hot sun In England (of which London

And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run contains 12,000)

50,000 From hedge to hedge about the new-mown In the States in which Italian

mead; is spoken

200,000 That is the Grasshopper's ;=he takes the lead

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